Definition of blasphemy in English:



  • The act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things; profane talk.

    ‘he was detained on charges of blasphemy’
    ‘screaming incomprehensible blasphemies’
    • ‘He became notorious in England for drunkenness, blasphemy, and lechery, and for having abandoned his wife and child.’
    • ‘Other teachers and students were horrified at this blasphemy.’
    • ‘The novel was publicly burned (for its manifest blasphemy) at Oxford by William Sewell.’
    • ‘Can an author with reason complain that he is cramped and shackled if he is not at liberty to publish blasphemy, bawdry, or sedition?’
    • ‘How shall this blasphemy be punished?’
    • ‘Many aspects of the film did not work for me, which is almost blasphemy when talking about such a classic.’
    • ‘Is a culture that's gone so far away from the substance of Christianity really able to discern what is blasphemy?’
    • ‘Just the other day, I heard the worst blasphemy come from that woman's mouth.’
    • ‘He was prosecuted several times for obscenity and blasphemy.’
    • ‘A child from a Christian home can be put in an embarrassing situation if asked to read aloud a passage including swear words and blasphemy.’
    • ‘Questioning God is the ultimate blasphemy.’
    • ‘Paul's blasphemy was unintended, and he repented when he recognized the truth.’
    • ‘Playwrights came under heavy attack for frivolity, blasphemy, and immorality.’
    • ‘Before I elaborate on his numerous and profane blasphemies, perhaps an introduction to the professor would be helpful.’
    • ‘A strict control of blasphemy and bad language was maintained.’
    • ‘How stating such obvious facts could constitute blasphemy was not entirely clear.’
    • ‘He's gone from an evangelical upbringing to religious blasphemy.’
    • ‘The devout Catholic was drunk and began to pour forth appalling blasphemies.’
    • ‘Idols are worshipped by various religions, while idolatry is blasphemy to others.’
    • ‘He told people he was the Son of God when he knew that, in saying so, people would either think him insane or accuse him of blasphemy.’
    profanity, profaneness, sacrilege, irreligiousness, irreverence, taking the lord's name in vain, swearing, curse, cursing, impiety, impiousness, ungodliness, unholiness, desecration, disrespect
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Middle English: from Old French, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek blasphēmia ‘slander, blasphemy’.